“Preoccupied with Promise is a 6-week Bible study, teaching that if your mind has the capacity to be preoccupied with problems, then it can be preoccupied with promise.”
When I read that tag line, my heart declared, “YES!” Days before I received an email from a dear college and heart friend, Courtney, about launching her new study, I was sitting down with a sister over dark chocolate and hot tea, discussing how important it is to rid our minds of lies and replace them with the truth of God’s word. Such a wonderful and biblical concept and yet so very difficult in practice. An all-out battle. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this study and dive into John 4.
Courtney invites us to sit and gaze upon the story of the woman at the well as she encounters Jesus for the very first time. A story many believers are familiar with but have never deeply examined before. As we listen in on their conversation, hear her questions and witness their interactions, we learn more about what could be possible if we would truly come to know and believe Christ is who He says He is.
I wanted to really meditate on John 4 as I was walking through PWP. And as I did, I noticed how often the words “know”, “knew”, and “believe” are used. It was evident this encounter was focused on what the woman didn’t know before Christ (yet thought she did) and what she did know after she met her life-giving Savior.
“Yes, we live in the era of unveiled reality. Unlike the Samaritan woman, we know the wonder that was hidden from her for a moment. But do we live like we know? Is there more we could fully know?” (p14)
We learn from the Samaritan woman’s experience that knowing Christ and being known by Him changes things. Big time. That idea resonated with me. If only I truly believed how perfectly known I am by my El Roi–The God Who Sees. Can you imagine what our lives might look like?
But how do we get there? How can we start seeing and living in the eternal, the supernatural? How can we begin to live in the freedom Christ has offered us?
I love how Courtney has written this study as if she’s chatting with us over coffee, walking us through Scripture, counseling us according to God’s word. She helps us to take the woman at the well as a kind of case study, to track the thoughts that have led to her beliefs. Then we get to do that for ourselves–discover what lies we are feasting on and replace them with promises of God. This aspect was so beneficial for me. I needed to get to the root of my emotions and once again believe God at His word.
This study would be perfect for a mentor and mentee–an older woman in the faith guiding a younger in faith as she seeks to meditate on truth. A small group of ladies would also benefit greatly.
If you find yourself stuck in the muck of discouragement, fear, or loneliness. If you long to truly know this Christ you’ve been hearing about. Get this study. Ask a woman to walk through the weeks with you.
Visit www.randallhouse.com to order your copy today. I’d love to hear how God grows you through this study, and I know Courtney would as well. You can find her at the study’s website: www.preoccupiedwithpromise.com.
Our prayer is that God would shatter the doors of bronze in our hearts and cut in two the bars of iron (Psalm 107:16)! That the patterns of our thoughts would be uprooted and beauty would once again grow wildly! For our joy and His glory.